What are you doing to assure the City’s operational viability during a major disaster? If the bridge goes down and the electrical grid is out, then you should not expect gas to be available to run generators. Every city building should have solar panels (wind turbines where feasible) and a battery wall. Community centers, fire stations, police stations, schools, the operations center, etc., should all be places where we can go for shelter in a major disaster. But without power, they aren’t going to be much help.
City of Vancouver Utilities have emergency response plans,
procedures and contingencies in place that would be activated in the event of a
disaster. The Stronger Vancouver also initiative includes a plan to build a new
Operations Center to replace the outdated existing facilities, which would be
significantly compromised even in a moderate seismic event.
the case of a major disaster, locations where emergency operations are being
conducted will need to focus immediately on first response, and therefore,
would not be appropriate for use as public shelters. The City is working with
the American Red Cross and other community partners to develop options for
shelter and mass care sites if the need arises.
However, in the case of a major
disaster, not everyone will be able to get to a shelter or get help
immediately. For that reason, preparedness of individuals and households is the
key ingredient for minimizing the impact of a major disaster on communities.
FEMA-designed training helps empower individuals to lend support, potentially
saving lives before professional help arrives (visit www.ready.gov
for more information).
Will these new projects be voted on?
Will property taxes be raised gradually, or all at once?
Why don’t you discuss the price tag when you discuss these projects?
Council has not yet made any decisions on what projects, programs or funding sources
to move forward. The Council will consider public feedback as they continue
their deliberations on what a final package will look like. The recommendation made to City Council
includes a recommendation on a variety of funding sources for Council’s
consideration, including a voted property tax to fund the capital projects.
proposal from the Executive Sponsors Council includes a funding recommendation
with a spreadsheet detailing the estimated costs for each of the projects and
programs. To make this information easier to access, it has been pulled out and
included as a separate page on the website: https://www.strongervancouver.org/costs.
The City Council has not yet made any decisions on what projects, programs or
funding sources to move forward. The Council will consider public feedback as
they continue their deliberations on what a final package will look like.
Why are there no resources to support tenant rights in Vancouver? ConAm/Pathfinder Partners, who bought Creekside Village, are discriminating against families and the residents have to hire a lawyer because Vancouver does not have any resources to make sure the businesses they give TAX BREAKS to actually follow the laws and treat the tax PAYERS of Vancouver as the law dictates.
We were not aware that Creekside Village had been purchased by ConAm/Pathfinder
Partners, but neither entity has received any public funding or tax breaks
through or from the City.
regarding tenant rights here locally, people have had success contacting the Volunteer
Lawyers Program at 360-695-5313 or the Northwest Justice Project at
360-693-6130. Additionally, you can file a fair housing complaint with the Fair
Housing Center of Washington (https://fhcwashington.org/| Phone: 253-274-9523 or toll free at
844-557-6322); the Washington State Human Rights Commission (https://www.hum.wa.gov/fair-housing
or 800-233-3247); and/or the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
would like more information, please feel free to call the City’s Community and
Economic Development Programs Manger Peggy Sheehan at 360-487-7952.
Will any of these funds go towards the 6 year transportation improvement program that will bring streets like NE 18th and SE 192nd up to urban standards?
these street projects is not included in the Stronger Vancouver initiative
because Vancouver City Council has already implemented a funding strategy for
In late 2015, following an extensive public
outreach effort, the Vancouver City Council adopted a series of new revenue
sources for transportation needs collectively called the Streets Funding
A key component of the Streets Funding Strategy is a $40 license tab fee, which
goes to the City's Transportation Benefit District. The Transportation Benefit
District funds are the primary source of revenue for projects within the City's
Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program, including 18th Street and 192nd
Learn more about the Streets Funding Strategy.